The pay-per-view (PPV) sales figures for the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight are now in, and they are mindboggling.
The fight generated a record 4.4 million PPV buys, HBO and Showtime announced, which produced more than $US400 million in TV revenue alone.
And that is just the biggest piece of the fight pie. When you combine all the revenue streams, the fight generated more than $US500 million, according to HBO and Showtime.
According to John Branch of the New York Times prior to the fight, it was estimated that there would be at least another $US133 million in revenue from streams such as ticket sales ($US72 million), international broadcast sales (“at least” $US35 million), closed-circuit broadcasts in bars ($US13 million), sponsorships ($US12 million), and merchandise ($US1 million).
However, if we assume that international and closed-circuit broadcasts beat the pre-fight estimates by the same rate that the final PPV buys exceeded expectations, the total revenue from these streams is probably closer to $US155 million.
That pushes the total revenue for the fight to $US550-595 million depending on exactly how many of the PPV buys were in HD (cost: $US100) versus SD ($US90).
Of that $US500+ million in revenue, more than $US350 million will go to Mayweather and Pacquiao.
According to David Mayo of MLive.com, Mayweather will take home $US209-210 million and Pacquiao’s will take home $US142-143 million.
It is hard to imagine that anybody would turn down a rematch, even if the hype can’t approach these same levels. This revenue at half the rate is still pretty decent for a day’s work.